India is up for a tough challenge at the 2021 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship as they have been paired with higher-ranked Japan and Qatar. To get to the 5-8 qualifying matches, India will have at least hope of beating Bahrain and Qatar. Only the first of the group will advance to the semifinals.
The Indian attackers have been grouped together with champions Japan, Qatar and Bahrain in Group A of the 2021 Asian Volleyball Men’s Championship in Chiba. The tournament will start on Sunday and Japan will begin their campaign against Bahrain on Sunday. India had qualified for the event at the 2019 Asian Championships in Tehran and will open their tournament against Qatar on Monday.
According to IANS, the 16 teams in the competition have been divided into four groups, with the winner of each group qualifying for the semi-final. The runners-up will reach Group F, and the teams there will play for positions 5-8.
Hong Kong, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, Australia, China, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are the other teams in the competition.
When it comes to world rankings, India is number 76 in the world, Japan tenth, while Qatar and Bahrain rank 28 and 137, respectively. If India manages to beat both Qatar and Bahrain, they will reach Group F.
The rules state that: teams get three points for winning the best of five sets match and the loser gets no points. But in case a team wins 3-2, the winner gets two points and the loser gets one.